October 2017 Archive

Let’s talk with our neighbours

Now a lot of folks are not going to like this letter, as I am going to talk about our regional hub, Bancroft, and its relationship with its neighbours.

Council discusses vacant seat

Since Mayor Bernice Jenkins’s resignation was tendered on Sept. 26, the public has been left to speculate on how council plans to fill the empty seat. Once the former mayor’s resignation becomes official on Nov. 30, council will have 60 days to fill the vacancy. Council took time during their meeting on Oct. 10 to discuss the options presented to them in a report from staff.

Bylaws coming for water source lake

In an effort to protect the town’s water supply, Bancroft council recently announced they are moving forward with imposing restrictions to prevent boat access to Clark Lake.

Loyalist faculty rejects employer’s final offer, strikes

Loyalist College’s Ontario Public Service Employees Union representative says he’d “put money” on the strike between the union and the College Employer Council lasting to the end of the week or longer. 

Questions following OMB prehearing

A lot of ratepayers including yours truly left the Ontario Municipal Board hearing on Oct. 5 angry and frustrated. The hearing was deferred until Nov. 7. About 50 ratepayers showed up for the hearing and, unfortunately, the audio system did not function well, so most of the time it was hard to hear the proceedings.

Septic seminar approved by council

Hastings Highlands will host a septic system health seminar next spring.

HE urged to enforce landfill rules

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Oct. 4 meeting of Highlands East council. A report about landfill staff duties from the environment advisory committee through Joanne Vanier, community economic development and committee co-ordinator said, “many recyclable items are still thrown in with household garbage and there is no incentive for residents to recycle.”

Works managers look to future

Madawaska Valley operations manager Hilary Kutchkoskie suggests area municipalities should split on a regional compost waste site as the province makes composting mandatory for all municipalities. Bancroft might be a good, central location, he suggested.

Chief negotiator visits Bancroft

Land claimed by the Algonquins of Ontario in coming years will be subject to the same rules as any other private property, according to Ontario chief negotiator Doug Carr.

Youth plotting to bring change to their communities

Recognizing a limited pool of opportunities for the next generation of Hastings County to get involved in shaping their communities, a small team of community-minded youth recently decided to take charge of their future by organizing the area’s first ever Youth Summit.

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